I have just had a talk with a friend of mine who argues that it is correct to say
The missing is a child.
I tried to explain to him that the missing would refer to a group of people, but he cited examples of the + present participle which do not refer to a group of objects such as the washing in I have to do the washing.
Does this stem from that fact that in the first case we talk about people and in the second one we do not? Or perhaps I am wrong. If so, please correct me.
BTW, is it correct to say a poor meanig a poor person? [/i]